The Atlas of the Irish Revolution is a landmark publication that presents scholarship on the revolutionary period in a uniquely accessible manner. Featuring over 350 original maps and 700 images, the Atlas includes over 100 contributions by leading scholars from a range of disciplines. They offer multiple perspectives on the pivotal years from the 1912 Home Rule crisis to the end of the Irish Civil War in 1923.Using extensive original data (much of it generated from newly-released archival material), researchers have mapped social and demographic change, political and cultural activity, state and non-state violence and economic impacts. The maps also portray underlying trends in the decades before the revolution and capture key aspects of the revolutionary aftermath. They show that while the Irish revolution was a ‘national’ event, it contained important local and regional variations that were vital to its outcomes. The representation of island-wide trends stand alongside street-level, parish, county and provincial studies that uncover the multi-faceted dynamics at play. The Atlas also captures the international dimensions of a revolution that occurred amidst the First World War and its tumultuous aftermath. Revolutionary events in Ireland received global attention because they profoundly challenged the British imperial project. Key revolutionaries operated transnationally before, during and after the conflict, while the Irish diaspora provided crucial support networks. The often neglected roles of women and workers are illuminated, while commentators consider the legacies of the revolution, including collective memories, cultural representations and historical interpretations. The Atlas of the Irish Revolution brings history to life for general readers and students, as well as academics. It represents a ground-breaking contribution to the historical geography of these compelling years of conflict, continuity and change.
Dr John Crowley is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, University College Cork
This is a gorgeous book in every way, with the highest possible production values, scholarship of the highest order and a grandeur and breadth of vision and coverage that no previous publication can match. It would be invidious to single out names in such a galaxy of distinguished contributors, but suffice to say that very many of the significant scholars in the field, across a range of disciplines, can be found in this volume … This is a book to savour and to dip into again and again; you will not read it in one sitting. It truly reflects many voices and many perspectives while remaining committed to the highest standards of scholarship. It is, in the best sense, an accessible, balanced and eminently readable popular volume which has already broken a number of records in Ireland itself as a best-selling academic book.
~Piaras Mac ÉinrÍ, Irish Literary Supplement, 2018
The 1916 centenary celebrations will be a big talking point throughout next year's cultural calendar. One of the biggest books in the field of history will likely be Cork University Press's mammoth Atlas of the Irish Revolution (May), edited by John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil and Mike Murphy, which aims to do for the revolutionary period what the award-winning Atlas of the Great Irish Famine did for the second half of the 19th century. It will combine cutting-edge "big issue" research with stories of people, provinces and parishes
~Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times
This is a sumptuously comprehensive visual and written exploration of the contexts, progress and legacies of the Irish revolution. On top of a wide-ranging array of essays focussing on resistance to the union with Great Britain reaching back into the nineteenth century, there are analyses of the networks of political, social and cultural organisations throughout Ireland, Britain and the United States in the early twentieth century; case studies of national and local political and military developments in the years leading up to and following the Rising; and reflections on the new Ireland after the wars – its politics and approaches to commemoration. The Atlas itself is a fitting monument commemorating this time - lavishly illustrated with original maps, graphics and historic photographs, as well as reproductions of rarely-seen documents from the time.
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution ranks as an important landmark survey of the momentous developments in Ireland during the opening decades of the twentieth century that will have wide appeal to a specialist and popular readership.
Emeritus Professor attached to the Geography Department in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth
~Professor Patrick J Duffy NUI Maynooth
Perhaps the most ambitious of the highly original Atlas series from Cork University Press. The latest scholarship – and from many diverse viewpoints – places the Irish revolution in its international context. Accessible, readable and brilliantly produced with telling use of photographs and maps, few readers will finish this book without fresh understandings of the forces which shaped modern Ireland – outstanding.
~Dr John Bowman, Historian & Broadcaster
Written by the leading historians, geographers and literary scholars of the Irish revolutionary period, this work, with its authoritative texts, superb photographs, informative maps and its reproduction of key documents, promises to be the outstanding publication of the ‘decade of commemorations -
Thomas Bartlett is the former Chair in Irish History at the University of Aberdeen
~Professor Thomas Bartlett
This volume makes an important and innovative contribution to our understanding of the Irish Revolution. Unusually broad and genuinely interdisciplinary, it combines a number of approaches to produce fascinating insights into this formative period of Irish history. Analysis of the comprehensive political and social changes which shaped modern Ireland is balanced with close studies of the often unspectacular, local and everyday aspects of ordinary Irish life. The result is a rich and evocative telling of many of the stories which contributed to the evolution of modern Ireland.
Senia Pašeta, Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford
~Professor Senia Pašeta
The book of the year has just been published. President Higgins has described the Atlas of the Irish Revolution as a "scholarly masterpiece”. Published by Cork University Press, it weighs in at 5kg, with just under 1000 pages, 364 maps, more than 700 beautiful illustrations and 20 tables. It is a breath-taking volume that will endure for centuries. I am proud to have been asked to write the chapter on the child casualties of the Easter Rising. Check it out at your local bookshop. I promise it will be a revelation. – Joe Duffy RTE Irish Mail on Sunday
~Joe Duffy RTE
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, a 5kg 984 page tome from Cork University Press that looks to become another benchmark reference, like their 2012 Atlas of the Great Irish Famine which sold over 20 000 copies. Yet another exhilarating CUP Gesamtkunstwerk of historical geography
~Mic Moroney, Irish Arts Review
By all and any standards, this is a most impressive work. Following the atlas of the Irish Famine, this is highly significant as an account of the Revolution itself and as a work of cartographic history. It is tremendously helpful and stimulating for academics, and accessible for students and others. In a historiographical field marred, and sometimes characterized, by sectarianism and mythmaking, it is rewarding to see this work produced as a collection by over 100 scholars. The 364 maps, all original, range widely in order to provide a range of spatial perspectives, from the national to the street level. That is very impressive and offers work of great originality. The large number of images – over 700 illustrations – is also highly instructive. Furthermore, in terms of value for money, this is excellent, indeed outstanding.
~Jeremy Black, Journal of European Studies
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HISTORY RESOURCES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
Based on TheAtlas of the Irish Revolution from Cork University Press, these downloadable workbooks, lesson plans, overviews and document packs make historical research accessible to secondary school students from Junior Cycle to Leaving Certificate.
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, published by Cork University Press in 2017, features contributions from leading national and international scholars and over 300 original maps generated from a wide range of historical data.
For John Crowley, Donal Ó Driscoll, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo, the editors of the landmark publication, it was important to make the exciting new research accessible to post-primary students – to bolster their understanding of the revolutionary years, enthuse them about local and national history, and inspire them to undertake research of their own.
The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies, University College Cork is delighted to offer teachers access to The Atlas of the Irish Revolution Resources for Schools.
Developed by an experienced teacher and historian, the 8 Teaching Units cover a range of themes and topics from the 1845-1923 period, adaptable to the needs of Junior Cycle, Transition Year and Senior Cycle students.
Each Teaching Unit includes a Document Pack containing archival documents and images and a selection of maps created for The Atlas of the Irish Revolution. The accompanying lesson plans guide teachers in the practical use of this original material in the classroom, and the student worksheets are designed to consolidate learning, reinforce key skills and ignite a passion for exploring and learning about the past.
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